Damir Mulaomerović (born 19 September 1974) is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for Cedevita Junior of the Croatian League.

Damir Mulaomerović
Cedevita Junior
PositionHead coach
LeagueCroatian League
Personal information
Born (1974-09-19) 19 September 1974 (age 49)
Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
Playing career1990–2012
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2013–present
Career history
As player:
1990–1994Sloboda Dita
1998–1999Fortitudo Bologna
1999–2001Efes Pilsen
2002Snaidero Udine
2002–2003Real Madrid
2007Bruesa GBC
As coach:
2013–2015Sloboda Tuzla
2016Bosnia and Herzegovina
2019–2021Sloboda Tuzla
2021–presentCedevita Junior
Career highlights and awards
As player

As head coach

Professional career edit

Mulaomerović started his career with Sloboda Dita in 1990. Not too long after the start of the Bosnian War, he fled to Zagreb and where he joined Cibona Zagreb. Mulaomerović played there until the end of the 1997–1998 season. He left Cibona, to join Fortitudo Bologna. He also played with Real Madrid.

In Greece, he left a big mark. He won the EuroLeague championship with Panathinaikos, in 2001–02. While he played with PAOK and Panellinios, he was one of the Greek League's leading assist and point scoring players. At the start of the 2006–2007 season, he had been signed by Olympiacos, in order to fill the void created in the team by Arvydas Macijauskas' start of the season severe injury. But in Olympiacos, he did not get along with head coach Pini Gershon, and before the end of season, he got an early termination of his contract.

After Olympiacos, he was signed by Bruesa GBC, on 22 January 2007, but because of an injury, he did not play as expected. During the summer of 2007, he was in serious contract discussions with Cedevita Zagreb, from Croatia, but after Cibona approached him, he did not have to think twice about which team he was to join. He signed a 1-year contract with his former team, Cibona.[1]

After 9 years, he returned to Cibona Zagreb. Saying that he was, "excited about his return, and that it had always been a privilege and commitment to play for Cibona". He was brought to them by the special insistence of the new Cibona head coach, former Croatian basketball player, Josip "Joke" Vranković. He expressed his desire to finish his career with Cibona.[2]

In January 2009, he joined another basketball club from the Croatian capital, KK Zagreb. Although being a veteran, he was a key player in Zagreb's first ever Croatian League championship title, won in 2011. The next season, as Zagreb was eliminated on a title defending path in May 2012, Mulaomerović announced his retirement.

National team career edit

Bosnia and Herzegovina edit

Muaomerović was born in the Bosnian city of Tuzla, which he left as a refugee at the outbreak of the Bosnian War. He wanted to represent the newly formed Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, but did not receive an invitation to do so.[3]

Croatia edit

Mulaomerović accepted the call-up from Petar Skansi, then senior Croatia's head coach. Mulaomerović represented Croatia at the 1996 Summer Olympics, EuroBasket 1997, EuroBasket 1999, EuroBasket 2001 and EuroBasket 2003.

Coaching career edit

Mulaomerović started his basketball coaching career soon after his retirement from playing professional basketball, taking over as head coach his hometown club, Sloboda Tuzla, in 2013.

On 7 December 2015, Mulaomerović was appointed head coach for Cibona.[4] In June 2017 after reaching the finals of the national league and cup, which Cibona both lost to Cedevita, Mulaomerović parted ways with the club.[5]

In 2016 the Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina named Mulaomerović as the new head coach of the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina men's national team, but Bosnia did not qualify to EuroBasket 2017 finals, so Mulaomerović was sacked.[6]

In August 2018 Mulaomerović took over the senior Kosovo men's national team.[7] Two months later he became head coach for KB Prishtina, the most prominent club playing in the Kosovo Basketball Superleague.[8]

On 29 November 2019, he moved back to Sloboda Tuzla as head coach.[9] In February 2020, ahead of the start of the EuroBasket 2022 qualifying tournament, Mulaomerović joined Croatia men's national team coaching staff under the head coach Veljko Mršić.[10]

In May 2021, Mulaomerović signed a deal with Cedevita Junior of the Croatian League as their head coach.[11]

On 24 January 2022, Mulaomerović was confirmed as the new head coach of the Croatia men's national basketball team after Veljko Mršić resigned.[12] Mulaomerović led the Croatia national team at the EuroBasket 2022 which they exited in the round of 16.[13] Subsequently, he stepped down from his position.[14]

References edit

  1. ^ http://www.sportnet.hr/index.aspx?page=news&id=350077 Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Croatian)
  2. ^ http://www.tportal.hr/sport/kosarka/fset.html Archived 9 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Croatian)
  3. ^ "Riki i Mula će nam zauvijek ostati u sjećanju". Sportnet (in Croatian). 24 May 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Slaven Rimac više nije trener Cibone, klupu preuzeo Damir Mulaomerović". www.cibona.com (in Croatian). KK Cibona. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  5. ^ Cibona parted ways with Mulaomerović
  6. ^ "Mulaomerović više nije selektor košarkaške reprezentacije". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Damir Mulaomerović novi je izbornik reprezentacije Kosova; evo koji Hrvat ih je odbio" [Damir Mulaomerović is the new head coach of the Kosov national team; here's which Croat rejected their offer]. tportal.hr (in Croatian). 14 August 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Damir Mulaomerović je Katica za sve: Uz klupu Kosova, ove sezone vodit će i momčad Prištine". basketball.hr (in Croatian). 4 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Damir Mulaomerović preuzima Slobodu". basketball.hr (in Croatian). 28 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Reprezentacija odradila prvi trening" (in Croatian). Croatian Basketball Federation. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Damir Mulaomerović novi je trener Cedevite Junior". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). 26 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Damir Mulaomerović izabran za novog izbornika reprezentacije Hrvatske" (in Croatian). Croatian Basketball Federation. 24 January 2022. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  13. ^ "EuroBasket: Finland Stops Croatia Again 94:86 (45:43)". www.total-croatia-news.com. Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  14. ^ "Damir Mulaomerović definitivno odlazi, HKS traži novog izbornika - SportCom.hr". www.sportcom.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 25 October 2022.

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